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-Website Highlights Women's Health Resources Provides Tips for Spring Gardeners

-National Parks Offer Unique Summer Internships

-Check Out March Health Tips from

Document of the Month:
Report on Indiana Commission on Working Women

“An Act to provide an investigation of the hours and conditions of labor of women” Acts 1913, Ch 262

In celebration of Women’s History Month, this Document of the Month explores the first commission in Indiana dedicated to the working conditions of women. By virtue of an act of Legislature in 1913, the Commission was created to investigate and report on the hours and conditions of women’s labor in Indiana. This five-member Commission included at least one employer, one employee, and one woman. $2000 was appropriated for the Commission to perform the tasks necessary. It was also required that the Commission’s report be printed by the Commissioners of the Public Printing. This report includes the transcripts of the proceedings of the Commission. The transcripts give a descriptive view of working conditions for women all across the State. Also included are some labor laws for women in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. For example, in Indiana no woman shall be employed in any capacity for manufacturing between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Researchers & historians alike will find many interesting facts about Indiana Women’s working conditions. The Commission Report can be found in the Indiana collection, I 331.4 I 385wc.


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Website Highlights Women's Health Resources

WomensHealth.govThe Office on Women's Health, of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, produces a collection of publications in print and online which cover a variety of health topics. Topics include:  Cancer, Healthy Aging, Adolescent Health, Mental Health, Sleep Disorders, and Thyroid Conditions. Links to these publications are located on the website Read more about issues specific to women in the Healthy Women Today Newsletter which directs readers to additional resources on subjects like heart disease, breastfeeding, living with disabilities, healthy eating, and many more. 

USDA Provides Tips for Spring Gardeners

Spring Gardening TpsMost of us think of March as the advent of Spring. The weather gets warm – very warm as the case is this year – and we want to be outside. For many people, that also translates into gardening. Novice gardeners, however, may not know where to begin. What to plant? When to plant it? The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service offers a tool that just might help. Their Plant Hardiness Zone Map tells you which plants are most likely to thrive at which locations. Use the map to determine which zone you’re in. If you’re living in Indiana, you’re in Zone 5b, 6a, or 6b. Once you know the zone, use the United States National Arboretum site to tell give you examples of what grows well there. Those of us in Central Indiana may have luck with English ivy, heavenly bamboo, or the Chinese redbud. If you’re looking for further information on gardening, be sure to check out the Gardening Page from the National Arboretum. Here you can find basic FAQs, tips on specific plants, and how to deal with pests. This is a great way to welcome the warm weather and get ready for Spring!

National Parks Offer Unique Summer Internships

National Parks InternshipsHigh school and college students looking for a job this summer may be interested in working for the National Park Service. There are a variety of summer internships available, many of them paid. Students can get experience in historical preservation, cultural diversity, creating a business plan, or working outdoors on conservation and environmental projects. One item of particular interest is an internship with the Youth Conservation Corps at the Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick County, Maryland. Interns will work on maintenance projects and wildlife management. Why is this particularly interesting? In July of 1864, the Battle of Monocacy occurred here. The commanding officer for the Union Army was Major General Lew Wallace, author of Ben-Hur and native Hoosier. The website provides information about Wallace, as well as other major players in the battle. Students interested in a job affiliated with this famous Hoosier, will want to check out the park’s website here. Anyone seeking a different type of internship, but one associated with national parks and the great outdoors, should check out this Park Service site here.

Check Out March Health Tips from Tips for Obtaining Free Credit ReportsEven though it sometimes seems that March is the last month you need to survive before warmer weather starts, the month does bring a lot of important health-related observances. With these reminders from, you can make March a healthy month:

  • It’s easy to forget how important nutrition is to you and your family. National Nutrition Month reminds you to pay attention to what your family is eating and offers tips on how to get back on a healthy track. is a good place to start to see if your family is getting the nutrition they need. provides shopping, cooking and meal planning tips. A variety of other resources from can help you figure out the best food choices for you and your family.

  • Colorectal cancer affects thousands of women and men every year, and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Over 90% of cases occur in those 50 years of age and older. Colorectal cancer screenings saves thousands of lives each year, so encourage your loved ones to get an annual screening. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month; learn more about how to prevent and treat it.

  • March is also Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross helps millions of people worldwide prevent, prepare for and cope with emergencies and is the largest single supplier of donated blood in the U.S. Find contact information for the chapter closest to you, and learn the history and importance of the Red Cross.

These tips are brought to you as a courtesy of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) via the blog.

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